Archive for the Make Your Own: Category


Posted in Crafts, Make Your Own:, Movies, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on January 28, 2016 by Aaron

A few years ago, we (myself and a few of the other educators where I work) made a project. We were playing with the idea of projection on a surface and telling a story without words. We created this diorama in a single day.

Here are some behind the scenes production photos!


We built the diorama out of foam core, poster board, paper, tape, model magic (for the snowman), and a pico cricket (like a simple arduino) for the blinking snowman nose. We filmed the different scenes in front of a green screen. Because we filmed them separately from each other, we had to time them out so that we could match them in the edit without too much trouble. When editing, we had to line it up precisely with the windows in the building. Every time we physically moved the installation around, we had to re-edit where the videos were placed on the screen. We created the snow and smoke in Motion, a program that came with the Final Cut Pro 7 suite.

We used:

  • Video Compositing
  • Programming Simple Electronics
  • Digital Particle Generation
  • Arts and Crafts

It was really awesome.


Posted in Make Your Own: with tags on September 28, 2015 by Aaron

Every once in a while my wife and daughter leave me alone in the house. When they do I sometimes take pictures of the food that I make so that I can prove that I didn’t eat chips, salsa, and cheese the entire time. They haven’t ever accused me of doing that, or asked to see proof that I can take care of myself. But just in case……


Tomato, spinach, and feta cheese omelet with some Heidelberg Cracked Wheat toast. Heidelberg bread is made in upstate NY and is really hard to find down here near New York. Sometimes when friends come to visit they bring us some. When we go to visit we make sure to hit a store to bring some home.


Steamed broccoli, a baked potato with cheese in it, and cous cous with onion, roasted red pepper, and tomato.

It Really Works!

Posted in Make Your Own:, Recipes with tags , , , on May 27, 2013 by Aaron

I live in an old house and the guts of my bathroom were probably built in the 1930’s by some dude. I doubt there was any standardization of how it was done and this person was probably building this house so they could live in it.

I have had a plumber suggest that we stop using the custom drain stopper entirely. He said that if it were to break, it would be very difficult and expensive to fix it as parts for it would have to be fabricated.

As with all bathroom drains, it gets a little clogged up once in a while. In the past I have just pulled up the cover and cleaned it out and that was mostly good enough. Once in a while I have to put my pipe snake down there and whirl it around a bit. This time that wasn’t cutting it. Since we aren’t connected to a sewer I didn’t want to pour drain-o into our septic system. Looking around online I found a fairly easy fix. At first I was a little skeptical about it. Drain-O mostly works by slowly, chemically burning any organic materials that might be clogging up a drain. This fix was a mechanical one.

  • Pour a pot of boiling water down your drain
  • Pour 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda in
  • Pour 1/2 Cup Vinegar with 1/2 Cup Water down
  • Cover it up for about 5-10 minutes (so the bubbles can only push one way)
  • Pour another pot of boiling water down

There is nothing like a shower without 2 inches of water swirling around your ankles! Thanks Crunchy Betty!

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Poster Making

Posted in Crafts, Make Your Own: with tags , , , on May 20, 2013 by Aaron

Recently I have started making Posters for the community I live in. I wanted to share them with you!

Potluck PaperPoster 2012smTrash PosterSmall

Beach Set Up Poster 2 Small


Posted in Make Your Own: with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2010 by Aaron

There are new pictures up of the garden. On the right sidebar you will find a link to them in “Other Things”. Check it out!

Hair as an Identifying Characteristic … also … How To: Stencil

Posted in Make Your Own:, Random Musings with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2010 by Aaron

Have you ever wanted a tee shirt that portrays a person just by showing their preferential hair style? Then this is the place for you! Chairman Mao, Carl Sagan, Andre the Giant and all your other favorite historical figures are depicted in two-tone!

See something you like? Get some spray paint and learn how to make a stencil!